Sierra Wireless today introduced the 15th product in the company's flagship AirCard product line, the AirCard 875 wireless wide area network card for HSDPA networks. The AirCard 875 offers increased data speeds and high-speed worldwide roaming, with tri-band HSDPA / UMTS and quad-band Class 12 EDGE / GPRS connectivity. Commercial shipments of the card are expected to begin in the third quarter of this year.
The AirCard 875 is a Type II PC Card with a fixed antenna, supporting peak theoretical data rates of up to 3.6 Mbps on HSDPA networks and is upgradeable to support future network upgrades providing peak data rates of up to 7.2 Mbps(2). The AirCard 875 supports HSDPA and UMTS on the 2100, 1900, and 850 MHz frequency bands, plus EDGE and GPRS on the 1900, 1800, 900, and 850 MHz bands, allowing one card to operate at the best available speed on wireless networks worldwide. In addition to the increased data speed and worldwide roaming capability, the AirCard 875 offers several new advanced features:
*Receiver equalization enables reductions in signal interference and
*better throughput, which is particularly beneficial to customers in
*urban areas with high levels of signal noise;
*Simultaneous voice and data capabilities allow customers to use the
*card as a phone with a headset, without suspending access to email or online applications (available with future software upgrade, subject to network support);
*High-performance antenna in a rugged housing includes integrated status indicator lights and a new low profile design.